Two Gray, Two Black, and One in Between

August 16, 2011
Five beautiful bodies
Awaiting destiny in the back seat
Ears pricked
Paws shuffling
Two gray, two black
One in between
Plea after plea annihilates my heart
Left in teeny tiny pieces
That resemble each and every one of their furry faces

At the shelter,
Their eyes pleaded, "Please not me."
While their bodies kicked and screamed, "I thought you loved me! I love you!"
And their fur puffed into choruses of, "Don't leave me. Please."
Breathing shifts into a struggle
As if i resided underwater
Saltwater slaving down my tinged cheeks
More vast and knowing than the ocean
Yet each meow of distress still feels like a stab in the back
But I'm caressing the knife.

Staring at their cages,
I attempt to muster up courage
To plead for their understanding and forgiveness
While guilt taints my every nerve
For sneaking peeks at others' cutie pies
When I should be spending every last second I have with mine.
Never again will their faces beg my hand for a caress
And never again will I be comforted by their purrs.

I can't help but to slip my fingers between the bars
And wrestle with their ears
Paws flash and swipe at my knotted, messy hair
Attempting to pull me in
As if I could squeeze myself into that prison and halt this sudden change,
This sudden void in my heart and home.
Those bars keep them in
But worse, keep me out.

While the adopters view my sob-story,
I whisper those last heart-wrenching words
Unable to produce my pure, ringing voice
The one I know that'll haunt their dreams
Wishing to take them back to their toys
Back to my warm, familiar twin bed
Back to freedom
When all I can hope is that those
Two gray, two black
and one in between
Will be happy and loved
For that is something I can no longer provide.

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Daesha said...
Aug. 11, 2012 at 6:53 am
Once again, I am amazed at your incredible talent with words. This piece was moving, and I loved how it flowed. 5 star rating from me :)
LoudDreamer said...
Dec. 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

 This is moving....... I know what is is like to have to give up your pet. I had to do it twice recenty, because my parents thought we couldn't have two dogs, then they stupidly got rid of the dominant one, and the other, normally very sweet one, went crazy because it didn't know what to do without it's sister. Eventually they got my family a new dog, and it scares me to death to think that if something happens to make it so we can't take care of him, my best furry freind ... (more »)

Goddess replied...
Jan. 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm
not many poems and stories can move me but thiis one did just that. amazing work. keep on writing.
IamtheshyStargirl said...
Dec. 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm
Awww, this is incredible, heartwrenching, and very descriptive! You shrink not from expressing true feelings, writing down every moment of a thankless task, no? said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm
This is really well written!! You're an awesome poet. Keep up the good work.
Princess14 replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm
1 word: BEAUTIFUL, words cant explain.!
Dark_Mind said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Very nice, It was beautiful. I loved the flow of it, from beginning to end. Sad concept but still a nice poem.
shadowrider said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Oh this is incredible! It made me want to cry. I could feel the emotion and sadness of this piece. Beautiful and heart touching!
dark_armor1This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm
wow extremely touching. job well done !
JerseyGirl716 said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Earlier this morning we had to give seven stray kittens and their mother to a no-kill shelter... Ugh this made me start crying again! I have two dogs and we just couldn't keep them, and the mother was almost hit by a Jeep today so I know that was the best option for the, but I'm still sad :( 5/5, you did a great job with this!
Hazel-daisy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:34 am
this is really sad, but its better that they go to somewhere where they can be looked after fully. I think its written really well and its very emotional. It's an interesting topic to write about, not many would think of it! :)
Bambi67 replied...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 11:23 am
wow this is great and very touching...keep writing!!=)
MagicMan2011 said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm
This is a really touching poem. It was very well written. The only thing I would change is the ""e". I thought it interrupt the flow but still that is overlooked in my head by everything else you did in this poem great job!
MoraleAsh replied...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm
I didnt write the quote thing. Those used to be quotation marks and it changed when it was publi
MagicMan2011 replied...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm
Oh that stinks. Thanks for telling me it does that though.
thetruthawaits94 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm
This makes me sad, but also happy at the same time. The thing that you wrote about made me sad, but the way you wrote it was lovely and made me smile. i absolutely love the title. I didn't know what it was going to be about but when i found out i just loved it! The way you described this in such a beautiful way was touching. I'm sure the kittens found a home!!! :) Great work!
divingforreality replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm
Animals... better relationships than humans, most times.
ChocoMint replied...
Aug. 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm
You can really feel the emotion!  I love the way you form your sentences, but you might try and keep the lines/stanzas the same length.   
XxMidnightKissxX replied...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm
This is really beautiful! 
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